Co-curated by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator (former), Vancouver Art Gallery, and
Tania Willard, a Secwepemc artist, designer and curator
MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture describes a generation of artists who juxtapose urban culture with
Aboriginal identity to create innovative and unexpected new works that
reflect the realities of Aboriginal peoples today. Organized and
circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of
grunt gallery, Vancouver, Beat Nation features painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video.
During its Montréal run, the Musée d'art contemporain will hold a round
table discussion on Thursday, December 5 as well as a special Nocturne on Friday, November 1, featuring madeskimo and Jackson 2bears. Beat Nation is co-curated by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator (former), Vancouver
Art Gallery, and Tania Willard, a Secwepemc artist, designer and
curator. The Montréal presentation was coordinated by Mark Lanctôt,
Curator, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
Since the early 1990s, hip hop has been a driving force of activism for
urban Aboriginal youth in communities across the continent. The roots
of this music have been influential across disciplines and have been
transformed to create dynamic forums for storytelling and indigenous
languages, as well as new modes of political expression. In the visual
arts, artists remix, mash up and weave together the old with the new,
the rural with the urban, traditional and contemporary as a means to
rediscover and reinterpret Aboriginal culture within the shifting
terrain of the mainstream.
While this exhibition takes its starting point from hip hop, it branches
out to include pop culture, graffiti, fashion and other elements of
urban life. Artists create unique cultural hybrids that include
graffiti murals with Haida figures, sculptures carved out of skateboard
decks and live video remixes with Hollywood films, to name a few. Beat Nation brings together artists from across the continent—from the West Coast
as far north as Alaska, as far east as Labrador and south to New
Mexico—and reveals the shared connections between those working in
vastly different places.
As Aboriginal identity and culture continue to change, and as artists
reinvent older traditions into new forms of expression, their
commitment to politics, to storytelling, to Aboriginal languages, to
the land and rights remains constant, whether stated with drum skins or
turntables, natural pigments or spray paint, ceremonial dancing or
Artists featured in the exhibition are: Jackson 2bears, KC Adams, Sonny
Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly, Corey Bulpitt &
Aime Milot, Kevin Lee Burton, Raven Chacon, Dana Claxton, Dustinn
Craig, Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Mark Igloliorte, Cheryl
L'Hirondelle, Duane Linklater, madeskimo, Dylan Miner, Kent Monkman,
Marianne Nicolson, Skeena Reece, Hoka Skenandore and Rolande Souliere.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 96-page publication presenting the
work of the 28 participating artists and texts by co-curators Kathleen
Ritter and Tania Willard.
Gallery talk with co-curators Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard, on
Thursday, October 17 at 4 p.m., in English; in the exhibition
galleries. They will be accompanied by artists from the exhibition.
Round table discussion curated by Candice Hopkins; Thursday, December 5
at 4 p.m., in English and French; in Beverley Webster Rolph Hall.
Sunday combo: Red, Black and Graffiti. For all, with family (age four and up) or friends, Sundays from
October 27 to December 1, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The activity
begins with a 30-minute tour of the exhibition and is followed by a
stimulating workshop. Cost: included with Musée admission.
On Friday, November 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the MAC will hold a special
Nocturne in connection with the exhibition Beat Nation. In addition to performances by madeskimo and Jackson 2bears, the MAC will also host a gallery talk at 7 p.m., in English and in
French, with Mark Lanctôt, curator, and artists from the exhibition. As
always, visitors will have access to all the exhibition galleries.
Admission: $12; free for MACarte and Wired cardholders. Bar service
This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of Mark
McCain and Caro MacDonald / Eye and I, The Audain Foundation for the
Visual Arts, Gary R. Bell, Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge.
The MAC is also grateful to Land InSights for its part in organizing the Beat Nation opening events.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned
corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of
Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The museum
gratefully acknowledges their support and that of Collection
Loto-Québec, the MAC's principal partner.
Image with caption: "Kent Monkman - Dance to Miss Chief, 2010 - Still from single-channel video - Courtesy of the artist (CNW Group/Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131016_C4553_PHOTO_EN_32135.jpg
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